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      A Message From Our President, Shawn Cole

      When Ash Wendt and I envisioned Cowen Partners Executive Search, we set out to build the executive search firm we couldn’t find—one that embodied our unwavering belief in excellence. A firm where dedication and quality of client engagement are paramount, leaving behind the notions of client or candidate ownership. We cultivated a culture where driven

      Ready to Innovate? Check Out These 6 Strategies for Growth

      “Innovation” is a ubiquitous term in the business world. And that’s for a good reason: When you want to set your company apart from competitors, you need to prove that you can offer customers an unparalleled experience. With that in mind, successful innovation can lead to incredible growth, but knowing how to pull it off

      How to Find a Chief Operating Officer to Take Your Company to the Next Level

      As a business executive, you understand how having the right people in key roles can make or break your organization. This statement rings particularly true for the chief operating officer role. The COO is responsible for not only developing successful operations strategies but also driving growth in every part of the business. If you don’t

      What to Look for When Hiring a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

      Does a chief human resources officer (CHRO) belong in your executive team? Many CEOs discover the strategic value of having a CHRO on their board. This strategic role can help you manage your organization’s most important asset: your employees. In an age where business leaders struggle against talent shortages and employee turnover, a CHRO can

      Salary Negotiation Tips for HR Professionals

      Salary negotiations can be challenging, but they’re a vital aspect of ensuring that your employees receive fair and just compensation. By mastering the skill that goes into these discussions and deliberations, HR professionals can improve the employee experience, which can go a long way toward improving your company’s retention rates.  With that in mind, here

      How Executive Search Differs From Traditional Recruiting

      When it’s time for a major leadership transition, your organization needs more than a standard recruiting firm. Instead, you need an executive search firm to aid your quest for the next C-level executive.  How does an executive search firm differ from a standard recruiting and staffing service? Learn more about the role that executive search

      A Change in Perspective: The Next Generation of Credit Union Leadership

      In the coming years, the American workforce is set to experience a major shift. As baby boomers retire, younger generations are poised to take the reins in virtually every industry.  This transition is smoother in some sectors than others. In the world of credit unions, it’s becoming a somewhat bumpy ride. This is an era

      It’s All in the Process: Optimizing Your Strategy for Recruiting Your CEO

      Depending on how long your company has been in business, you might have plenty of experience recruiting new employees as positions become available. Often, your recruitment strategy for different roles looks more or less the same.  However, when it comes to recruiting your next CEO, your process is (or at least should be) a little

      Looking for Your Next CEO? Understand These Best Practices First

      Hiring a CEO isn’t like hiring any other employee. While it’s true that every employee has an impact on your business, CEOs have the greatest impact of all. Some research even indicates that your CEO’s performance can predict 40% of your company’s outcome. With that much at stake, it’s imperative to make sure you have

      How a People-First Approach Can Lead to Unprecedented Growth

      When Rob Waldron became CEO of Curriculum Associates, a workbook company that then released only printed materials, the business appeared to be on the verge of collapse. It was running out of money and failing to keep up with the digitizing world of education. Waldron was able to completely turn the company around. Under his

      What Sets an Owner Apart From a CEO?

      To some people, a business owner is just about the same as a CEO. After all, owners and CEOs both sit at the top of a company’s hierarchy.  However, in most cases, owners and CEOs have different responsibilities. And as a business grows, an owner might make the decision to hire a CEO. Here’s what

      What Sets Enterprise CEOs Apart From Startup CEOs?

      What makes a good CEO? The answer to that depends on the type of business you’re running. While there are significant areas of overlap, enterprise CEOs must lead and strategize in a way that’s much different from startup CEOs. If you’re beginning to search for the right CEO for your company, it can be helpful

      Is It Time to Change Executive Leadership?

      Your C-suite executives are an integral part of your business’s day-to-day functioning — and maybe even its identity. Once you’ve found your C-suite, you might start to view these leaders as permanent fixtures in your company.  While this mindset is understandable, it puts your company at risk of stagnation. Here’s a look at why, when,

      Your Next Great Employee Might Not Be Looking for You

      If you’re recruiting for a new role, you’re certainly dealing with active job seekers — people who have gone to some trouble to find job opportunities and apply for them. Depending on where you’ve advertised a position, you might be inundated with job seekers. However, no matter how many people you have lining up, you’re

      Does Your Sales Leadership Recruiting Process Need a Facelift?

      Once your business discovers a particular process that works, you might be tempted to lock it in and continue relying on it indefinitely. After all, if the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is to be believed, you should stick with the recruiting processes that have continually given you success, right?

      5 Tips for Sharpening Your Cybersecurity Protocol

      Does your business have a chief information security officer (CISO)? This role might sound futuristic, but with cybersecurity threats growing by the day, it’s essential that you protect your company. Whether you’re a CEO, another executive, or even a CISO yourself, creating and maintaining a robust cybersecurity protocol is an instrumental part of your business’s

      5 Tips to Sharpen Your Cybersecurity Protocol

      Does your business have a chief information security officer (CISO)? This role might sound futuristic, but with cybersecurity threats growing by the day, protecting your company is essential. Whether you’re a CEO, another executive, or even a CISO yourself, creating and maintaining a robust cybersecurity protocol is an instrumental part of your business’s health. Here

      Is Your CFO Hiring Budget Realistic?

      Ask anyone “Who is in charge of a company?” and they’ll tell you it’s the CEO. That may be true, but a competent CFO is essential if you want your company to move in the right financial direction. Hiring the right CFO for your company is often harder than it sounds. Competition is fierce for

      5 Tips for Developing an Infinite Mindset in Business

      For many business leaders, success is measured in terms of short-term gains and profitability. But in the 2018 book The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek argues that true business leadership is about cultivating an “infinite mindset,” one built around long-term gains rather than short-term results.  Adopting an infinite mindset is critical to your company’s resilience and

      Your Complete Guide to Hiring the Right CFO

      Hiring for any position in your C-suite requires an in-depth understanding of the role you’re looking to fill and how the candidate you ultimately choose will move your company forward.  With that said, as you move to execute your CFO hiring strategy, you and your team will likely have a lot of questions, ranging from

      How Executive Search Continues to Evolve With the Times

      As the business world continues to shift, so must the recruiting tactics of top companies and the executive search firms that assist them in finding top talent. In a recent survey, more than half of companies reported that they are making changes to their talent-sourcing strategy to close skills gaps and meet changing demands.  Learn

      Finding Success as a CEO in the Age of Accountability

      Nowadays, it’s impossible for CEOs to get away with doing as they please. The next generation of investors and shareholders greatly value authenticity and sustainability, an assertion that is backed by the fact that environmental, social, and governance fund assets reached $2.5 trillion at the end of 2022. ESG standards are gaining greater popularity with

      5 CEO Archetypes: Which One Is Best for Your Company?

      Every CEO candidate is different. But if you spend enough time analyzing candidates for a chief executive role, you’ll see five distinct profiles emerge.  Depending on the needs of your business, you might find that one type is better for your company than another. Here’s a quick overview of the five CEO archetypes, as well

      Today’s CEOs Are Multifaceted Leaders

      In the past, the role of a CEO was to lead a company. That’s still true today, but in an interconnected world, a chief executive’s sphere of influence is wider than ever. As Harvard Business Review claims, “Today’s CEOs don’t just lead companies. They lead ecosystems.” The challenges facing today’s CEOs are arguably more varied

      A Glimpse Into the Shifting Priorities of Private Equity Leadership

      Each year, the Ernst & Young Global Private Equity Survey closely examines the world of private equity executives. This year, CFOs and COOs seem to have one particular thing on their minds: talent management. The focus on talent has been shaped by emerging industry trends and a consistent focus on growth, among other industry shifts.

      Is It Time to Change How You Hire Executives?

      You know how to recruit and hire great company leaders. Or do you? In a world changed by both COVID and technology, the archetype of a successful CEO is changing, too. Executives are much like brand ambassadors — if customers, shareholders, and even other employees like your executives, they’re more likely to support your company

      Why Character Counts in CEO Candidates

      A great CEO can take a struggling company and make it a success. And if your company is already successful, the right CEO can build on that success, creating revolutionary gains for your business. Obviously, when you’re looking for your next CEO, you should focus on hiring someone with a great performance record. But recent

      Is Your Management Team Working for You?

      What’s the biggest issue facing today’s private equity firms and portfolio companies? You might think it’s the impending recession or record-high inflation.  However, a survey conducted by management consultant company AlixPartners has found otherwise — a significant portion of surveyed private equity firms and portfolio companies named recruiting and retaining talent as one of their

      Does Long CEO Tenure Help or Hurt a Company?

      It might sound ideal: a successful company led for many years by a dedicated, long-standing CEO. After all, people tend to get better at their jobs as they gain more experience, right? That reasoning may sound logical, but research indicates that long CEO tenure may actually be counterproductive. Here’s a closer look at why long

      Drawing the Line: Where Does the CEO End & the Board of Directors Begin?

      In a perfect scenario, a CEO and board of directors work together to guide a company in the right direction. But in practice, there’s often some confusion — on everyone’s part — about what each is responsible for. Here’s a look at how to set clear, effective boundaries between your board of directors and your

      Value Creation Teams: PE Firms’ New Secret Weapon

      Successful private equity firms tend to see massive profits when buying and selling companies. And historically, they’ve been able to achieve those profits through buying and selling alone. That’s not the case today. In the current economic climate, the model of flipping companies isn’t enough to generate massive profits — or, at least, generate them

      Stop Hiring for Charisma: 5 Traits to Look for Instead

      You’re getting ready to hire a new CEO, and you’re down to two candidates. Both are equally qualified, but one has charismatic magnetism like you’ve never seen before. The other does not. Which do you choose? If you’re like most hiring managers, you’d go for the charismatic one in a heartbeat. It’s easy to see

      CFO Succession Planning: Make Sure Your Finance Team Is Ready for Anything

      Good CFOs will constantly optimize your company’s financial strategy, but great CFOs will do so while also ensuring that there’s a team of finance professionals ready to step in and take their place.  When it comes to your company’s finances, nothing should be left up to chance. With that said, CFO succession planning is essential

      Seven Strategic Reasons to Work With an Executive Recruiter for Your Search

      Hiring at the executive level is a critical process, and the outcome will affect your company for many years. The person you hire will play a role in determining the direction of your company, aligning the business, inspiring and mobilizing employees, and engaging with stakeholders. Finding the best executive for the job is not just

      Four Critical Steps Every CEO Candidate Should Take on Their Journey to the Top

      Do you envision the role of CEO in your future? It’s a worthwhile goal to have, but getting there is a challenging journey not everyone is built for. It requires honest introspection and hard work. The road to the top is paved with learning, humility, and results. You must display solid leadership traits like objectivity,

      What Are Some Executive Resume Red Flags?

      It’s never a great idea to submit a poorly done resume with a job application. But when the application is for an executive position, the stakes are even higher — meaning a low-quality resume is an especially bad sign. After all, executive positions demand an enormous amount of focus and dedication. If an applicant can’t

      How to Find C-Suite Talent for Your Private Equity Firm (& Convince Them to Choose You)

      Hiring the right talent is important for any business. But it’s especially critical in the ultra-competitive world of private equity firms, where a company’s success or failure often hinges on the caliber of its employees. Whether you’re hiring for one open position or 20, you know that you need to attract top talent. But that

      CFO Succession Planning: Ensuring Your Company’s Future Success

      Knowing your company has a competent, engaged CFO is a great feeling. But what if something unexpected were to happen and leave your finance department without a leader? If you have a detailed, long-term CFO succession plan, you should be able to switch to new leadership with relatively little disruption. However, if you haven’t invested

      Work Experience: The Critical Element to Building (and Benefitting from) Human Capital

      Human capital makes up a significant portion of both global and individual wealth. A person’s ability to use their education, training, intelligence, skills, and even health to provide what employers value and make a living for themselves is a crucial part of how life works in many countries. However, the capacity to build human capital

      Think Your Employees Need to Return to the Office? You Might Just Need Better Performance Management

      During the COVID-19 pandemic, the workforce made an unprecedented shift to remote work. And while some employees have started heading back to the office, many have not. In 2023, 28.2% of full-time employees work from home part of the time. About 12.7% are fully remote. Even though remote work has become more popular across industries,

      5 Ways Executive Search Firms Support the Talent Management Priorities of Private Equity Companies

      In recent years, private equity firms’ desire for top talent has reached an all-time high. This high level of demand is in response to a recognition across the industry that having the right people in key executive roles is a critical factor in how private equity firms are able to maintain growth amid significant market

      AI Is Upending the CPG Industry. Can Your Company Keep Up?

      Artificial intelligence might sound like something out of a sci-fi film. But as we’ve seen in recent years, this rapidly developing technology has already begun to integrate itself into the fabric of our lives. Unsurprisingly, AI has shown great promise in the business world. The many everyday uncertainties of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry

      Jenny Dearborn SAP

      Former Chief Talent Officer The Cowen Partners Origin Series profiles executives from across the globe who are changing the face of business. Read along to hear their stories. When Jenny Dearborn gets stuck, she often thinks back to her “forever mentor,” Karie Willyerd, and considers “what would Karie do?”  “That’s what a mentor does,” Dearborn

      Company Culture & Culture Fit Leadership Guide

      Company culture can attract, inspire, and retain loyal executives, teams, and customers while setting a business apart from competitors and making it impervious to shifts in markets, industries, and society in general. In fact, modern brands and businesses are leveraging company culture in exciting new ways to recruit stronger teams, grow in new spaces, ad

      Demand Gen Leadership Guide

      Demand generation can be a crucial component of any company’s marketing and sales strategy, driving revenue, growth, and more customers to businesses in any industry. From lead gen and lead nurturing to data analytics, digital marketing, customer experiences, and beyond, demand gen leaders in C-suites focus on the key activities that are essential to amplifying

      Remote Hiring: Tips & Best Practices for Assembling a Successful Virtual Team

      According to a study from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 74% of employers are offering some type of remote work opportunity for their employees, and 16% of businesses are fully remote.  Suffice it to say, virtual work is here to stay, but assembling a virtual team can be challenging. With that being said,

      Onboarding Excellence: Creating a Seamless Transition for New Hires

      Data from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicates that 20% of all employee turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment. It is, therefore, critical that your onboarding process be designed to not only integrate new hires into your company culture but also improve employee engagement in order to retain star talent. 

      Hiring for Growth: Scaling Your Workforce to Match Your Business’s Expansion

      Growing businesses often make one of two equal and opposite mistakes. The first is hiring more people than the business can currently sustain, while the second is hiring too few workers, thereby preventing the business from achieving and maintaining growth. As you work to avoid these errors, ensure that you adhere to and follow some

      Sandy Carter Unstoppable Domains

      Chief Operating Officer The Cowen Partners Origin Series profiles executives from across the globe who are changing the face of business. Read along to hear their stories. Sandy Carter exudes so much energy that some, she acknowledges in her LinkedIn bio, have referred to her as the “original Energizer Bunny.”  In a given month, you

      Understanding the Differences Between a Chief Sales Officer and a Chief Revenue Officer

      When it comes time to spur your organization’s revenue growth, you’ll likely want an executive to lead the charge. A Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) can help, but understanding the differences in their typical responsibilities can help you decide which suits your company.  Chief Sales Officer: Responsibilities and Salary Think of

      Unraveling the Roles: Chief People Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

      Written by Thomas Paik, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion Practice Leader CPOs vs. CHROs vs. CAOs The roles of Chief People Officer (CPO), Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) all play significant parts in an organization’s management structure, but they differ in their primary areas of focus and responsibilities. The Chief

      The Crucial Role of Great Leaders in Building Successful Teams

      Great leaders form the bedrock of any business. Without the appropriate leadership, successful teams cannot be built. Leaders play a pivotal role in motivating, inspiring, and driving their teams, making it imperative to find the ideal supervisors and executives for your company in order to achieve success. Great leaders often share the same characteristics. In

      Unlocking Success: Strategies to Identify the Ideal Sales Leadership for Your Company

      Sales serve as the cornerstone of achieving corporate goals, regardless of the size or sector of your business. They are the lifeblood that sustains any organization. Without securing repeat business from existing customers and acquiring new clients, your business will face significant challenges in its growth trajectory. While enhancing go-to-market strategies and refining sales pitches

      Sales Development & Early Growth: The CEO’s Role in Nurturing Startup Success

      During the initial stages of a startup, the workforce is typically small, and sales representatives are often absent. As the CEO or founder, this means you are responsible for pitching and selling the product to potential clients. At this crucial juncture, engaging in sales exploration becomes imperative as it allows you to gain a deeper

      Private Equity Now Runs on Talent

      The operating model of many PE firms is changing. In the past, the objective was to pick up bargain-bin companies at wholesale prices, quickly restructure them for profitability, and then offload them for a return. However, growing competition has made it more challenging to find undervalued bargains ripe for improvement. PE companies are finding they

      Today’s Executives Don’t Want to Work Either

      You’ve heard of quiet quitting and the Great Resignation, but there’s another rising concern that companies should be aware of. A recent Workforce Institute at UKG survey found that 40% of C-suite executives plan on quitting next year.  Even more interesting is that the ones who plan to leave aren’t baby boomers nearing retirement. They’re

      Is Your Next Executive Hire a Former College Athlete?

      Finding a suitable hire for an executive role isn’t easy. You’ll need to consider various factors, like their previous leadership experience, technical prowess, and ability to work toward strategic objectives. And even if the interview flows smoothly and the candidate looks great on paper, there’s no real way to tell whether they’ll be the right

      Recruiting Top Sales Talent From Your Competition

      A stellar sales team is critical to growing organizations trying to expand their footprint and build a customer base. However, finding talented and experienced sales agents can be quite challenging, especially for relatively unknown startups and mid-level companies in competitive environments. One solution is sourcing qualified sales reps from other businesses. Some organizations consider the

      How to Prevent Your Employees From Being Poached

      As a manager or executive, keeping your top talent in your organization and away from competitors probably ranks pretty high on your list. After all, no company wants to lose skilled employees they’ve worked hard to obtain. Essential workers who are integral to your business processes are hard to replace, and losing one can be

      Discovering Exceptional Private Equity Operating Partners: A Guide

      By Shawn Cole, President Cowen Partners Executive Search Private equity operating partners play a crucial role in the success of private equity firms. These highly skilled professionals bring their industry expertise and operational acumen to drive value creation and operational improvements within portfolio companies. Finding the right operating partner is essential for private equity firms

      Strategic Decision-Making: Determining the Right Time to Hire a CRO or a VP of Sales

      Revenue serves as the fundamental catalyst for a business’s success, driving its growth and sustainability. Without a steady stream of revenue, a company is bound to stagnate, leading to financial challenges in meeting obligations such as bill payments and employee salaries, including those of the Vice President of Sales (VP Sales), Chief Revenue Officer (CRO),

      Demystifying the COO Role: Exploring the Responsibilities & Significance of a Chief Operating Officer

      In the journey of every organization, there comes a time when discussions arise about the possibility of hiring a second-in-command or a Chief Operations Officer (COO). However, the role of a COO is often shrouded in ambiguity and misconceptions, making the process of finding the right candidate a challenging task. While we have previously explored

      Mastering the Culture Fit Interview to Build Cohesive Teams

      When it comes to the hiring process, it is essential to remember that assessing cultural fit goes beyond evaluating a candidate’s skillset. Recognizing this distinction becomes crucial when designing interviews and selecting the right questions to ask. A skilled hiring manager understands the significance of delving into a candidate’s background, interests, and values during the

      Essential Qualities for Interim CFOs at Private Equity Portfolio Companies

      In the fast-paced world of private equity firms, the role of an interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) holds significant importance. As these firms navigate complex financial landscapes and make strategic investment decisions, having the right person in the interim CFO position becomes crucial. The success of private equity firms often hinges on the expertise, adaptability,

      Decoding the Roles: General Counsel vs. Chief Legal Officer (GC vs. CLO)

      The chief legal officer (CLO) and general counsel (GC) are both important roles within an organization’s legal department, but they differ in their scope and responsibilities. The general counsel is primarily focused on providing legal advice and guidance to the company, managing legal risks, and overseeing legal operations. They typically handle day-to-day legal matters, such

      Melody Zhang Chateau Ste Michelle

      Chief Human Resources Officer The Cowen Partners Origin Series profiles executives from across the globe who are changing the face of business. Read along to hear their stories. Melody Zhang experienced firsthand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as an immigrant entering the U.S. workforce. Nearly 20 years ago, new to corporate America,

      What to Look for in a Turnaround Executive

      When a company reaches the brink of disaster, the board of directors often looks for a new CEO or CFO to step in and turn things around. Declining profits, loss of major customers, and a freefall in share price are all indicators that someone needs to step in fast or risk the company heading into

      Private Equity CEO Recruiting Strategies

      Finding the perfect fit for a private equity firm’s portfolio company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a laborious process. Most potential hires have impressive resumes and backgrounds ‎that initially make them seem like a good fit. Nevertheless, this rarely works out‎, evidenced by the high turnover among private equity CEOs. According to AlixPartners’ Annual Private

      Cowen Partners CFO Movement Study 2023

      Today’s CFOs are grappling with continued, rapid, digital disruption (both within their organizations and the finance function itself), along with a prolonged high-interest rate environment and continued fear of recession. Meanwhile, organizations continue to put an emphasis on, and investment in, bringing greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to the c-suite. Amidst that backdrop, CFO movement

      The Ultimate Credit Union Leadership Guide

      How Credit Union Leaders Drive Extraordinary Success Credit union executives are critical to the operations, deals, and long-term success of member-owned financial institutions. Responsible for financial stability, regulatory compliance, and member needs, credit union executives need to be strategic leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of an organization’s policies, missions, and objectives, both

      Public Company CEOs vs. Private Equity CEOs: Understanding the Market

      The information needed to analyze public company CEOs is quite comprehensive and readily available. And these details are so accessible precisely because public companies must fulfill specific reporting requirements, including giving statements about their executive hiring practices and compensation plans.  With a simple Google search (or, if you’re feeling inclined, an EDGAR query), you can

      Who’s Hiring? Your Nearest Private Equity Portfolio Company

      Following record growth between 2020 and 2021, demand for talent across all industries increased at levels unseen in decades. Fueled by economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and access to inexpensive credit, private equity (PE) firms acquired small and mid-size organizations to add to their ever-growing portfolios. Toward the end of 2021, demand for executives

      The Correlation Between Female Athletes & Successful Leadership

      When you think of sports, you likely imagine the latest football game you watched on TV or the volleyball club you participate in every spring. However, sports offer much more than entertainment and general wellness — they’re also a precursor of leadership success, according to one recent EY study.  EY’s research shows that 94% of

      Who Is the Best Fit for a CFO Role: A CPA or an MBA?

      The early 2000s saw multiple accounting scandals, including the crash of Enron and the folding of Arthur Andersen. Those crises shook the business world and led to the development of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which created a raft of new financial reporting regulations for companies to abide by. With Enron nearly twenty years in the

      Are We Headed for an Executive Hiring Crisis?

      The Great Resignation made headlines in 2021, with scores of employees leaving their jobs amid the pandemic and societal upheaval. But while these issues have receded, another crisis looms in the distance: the upcoming executive labor shortage as baby boomers leave the workforce. Baby boomers — generally defined as people born between 1946 and 1964

      CEOs Are Shaking Up the Way They Select Their CFOs

      Keeping executive talent on board can be tricky when you have highly qualified leaders who excel in what they do. When a senior leader like a CFO decides to leave the organization, it can spell trouble for the rest of the company — this is one reason CEOs try to keep close relationships with their

      Is Your Future CEO a Woman Under 55? Maybe.

      Executives aren’t known for being a remarkably diverse bunch of people. Most are near retirement age and tend to be white and male. According to research from The Corporate Board, the average CEO is 58 years old, with some being quite a bit older, like Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, who is currently 92 and

      CEO Succession Practice Trends: What to Know 

      CEOs have faced numerous challenges in recent years: a catastrophic pandemic, shifts to remote work (and back again), supply chain disruptions, and a floundering economy. As a result, many have placed succession plans on the back burner, ensuring that leadership remained intact to navigate the company through choppy seas. However, as the world has begun

      Leigh Gower Dutch Bros Coffee

      Chief Technology Officer The Cowen Partners Origin Series profiles executives from across the globe who are changing the face of business. Read along to hear their stories. Leigh Gower, as she tells her mentees, was never one to say “here’s my North Star, my career is going to be this, and this is what I’m

      As the Pandemic Wanes & the Skies Clear, CEO Turnover Is Increasing

      At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses were so busy putting out fires that their executive succession plans were set aside. Ongoing lockdowns kept most employees working from home, and disruptions to supply chains left many executives with difficult decisions, like replacing long-standing vendors with more dependable ones. The COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain

      CEOs Are Getting Older & That’s Concerning

      Fifty-seven — the average age of CEOs at companies in the S&P 500, according to a recent CNBC analysis. While that’s still far from the traditional retirement age of 67, there are multiple cases where executives continue to hold the top posts well into their 70s and 80s.  For instance, Bob Iger, the CEO of

      All You Need to Know About a Chief Growth Officer 

      In a fluctuating economy, more companies are looking to expand their market reach, and they’re turning to Chief Growth Officers (CGOs) for guidance. According to a recent analysis from LinkedIn, CGOs are ranked fifth among the fastest-growing marketing and sales roles in the U.K. Similar studies from LinkedIn indicate that hiring for CGOs increased by

      Characteristics of a Competent Board Member

      Your company’s board of directors sets the tone for the entire organization. They’ll decide when to bring on new executives and establish specific objectives for various departments to work toward. Typically, their experience in prior executive leadership roles gives them the perspective they need to liaise directly with senior leadership while still maintaining their independence

      Interim Leadership: Beneficial or a Problem in the Making?

      Hiring the right executive to lead an organization isn’t easy. It can take months or years to find a suitable leader who possesses the skills you seek and is the right cultural fit for the company. That’s why many businesses turn to interim leaders who help fill in the gaps while looking for a long-term

      6 M&A Challenges to Be Aware of in 2023

      M&As are attractive to companies seeking to scale or expand their organization quickly without needing to establish their own foothold in a new market.  Businesses that have already “done the work” and align well with an acquiring company’s strategy are often targets of M&A’s, especially those with attributes that reduce their monetary value, like operating

      Why Employers Can’t Afford to Let DE&I Initiatives Go

      With predictions of an impending recession becoming louder and louder, more companies are seeking ways to reduce expenses and protect their profits. Often, some of the first things to go are human resources programs like leadership and diversity training.  Nearly three years after the mass protests that shook the U.S. in 2020 — brought on

      Is Your IPO Delayed? Here’s What to Do

      In the current business environment, some companies are choosing to delay their IPO plans in hopes that the markets will shift over the next year or two and allow them to launch in fairer economic waters.  Startups that devoted much of the past few years to preparing their organization for an IPO are finding that

      The Fastest-Growing C-Suite Roles in 2023

      LinkedIn recently posted some interesting data on the C-suite roles that are growing most rapidly. The list wasn’t full of the usual suspects, like CEOs or CFOs. Instead, the C-suite position with the highest growth was chief diversity and inclusion officer, with an astounding 168.9% increase in hires. Here are the top 10 C-suite positions

      How to Choose the Right Leader in an ESOP

      ESOP companies are unique among their publicly or privately owned business counterparts. Instead of the company being led by outside shareholders or other investors, its employees retain most of the organization’s ownership, and they typically participate in significant decisions that can impact the company’s future. When an ESOP company seeks outside leadership to guide its

      The Sports Leadership Guide

      How Today’s Sports Leaders Are Achieving Champion-Level Success Modern sports leaders are not just focused on winning games, getting to the playoffs, and earning titles. Beyond that, the best leaders in the sports industry are driven to inspire, innovate, and fuel sustainable growth while making a difference and working to achieve big-picture organizational objectives. To

      The Ultimate CTO, CIO & CISO Leadership Guide

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